This holds true with furniture. When it comes to woodworking, 18th-century furniture is perennially popular. Many 18th-century pieces are like the leather motorcycle jacket; they’re stylish, but serve a practical purpose. A spice chest will build your joinery skills, but the multiple drawers – sometimes hidden – can hold all sorts of valuables. A half-round accent table might fold out into a circular card table.
The new digital magazine, “18th-Century Furniture,” includes five period pieces that will help you build skills from dealing with seasonal wood movement to adding intricate inlay to your work.
Christopher Schwarz guides you step-by-step in a hand-tool build of a dry sink, a precursor to the modern kitchen cabinet. You’ll also see how Christopher improved on the 1780 original when it comes to dealing with wood movement.
The scrollwork and size of a small hanging corner cupboard by Mark Arnold can be altered to suit your taste, and the construction is simple. You’ll learn tricks for clamping unusual angles and how a hanging cabinet can borrow design elements from other furniture.
Chuck Bender, a noted maker of period furniture, details construction of a William & Mary chest – and shares his tips for brushing shellac for a perfect period-correct finish.
Period spice chests sometimes have secrets. Zachary Dillinger (who is hard at work on a book about 18th-century furniture) tells all with a William & Mary style spice chest with four hidden drawers and a secret compartment, not to mention 10 visible drawers.
Inlay, stringing and banding add beauty to an elegant Baltimore card table with a folding top. Glen Huey details how shop-made jigs and guides add precision to this power-tool build.